Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

A Weekly Photo Themed Blog

Week 33 – #49 Where the “Buildings” meet the sky

Where the buildings (in this case) meet the sky.  Here is the Tampa Skyline – taken at 2:30 from the Water taxi in the Hillsborough River.  I was with the Valencia Lakes Girlfriends Fun Group and we took the tour from Rick’s on the River, after having lunch.  I would suggest the sunset tour for better lighting for photographs.

The design of the  Tampa Convention Center, as it is situated on the water, is that of a river boat.  The front ( off to the left in the image) is rounded like the bow of a ship, and the wheel house is situated towards the back – see the smaller upper lever, and finally the ramps, or stairs at the right are to resemble the paddle wheel.

I had to add the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship,the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship – just too nice to skip.

I will end with Derek Jeter’s 32,700 sq ft mansion with its 2,500 sq.ft. master suite with closets the size of most bedrooms (Getting from the bed to the toilet is a haul!)  The pool is a rectangle that runs from rounded edge on the left (about a third in) to the rounded edge on the right (about a third in).



Week 32 – #11 Four


For this entry, I present four (4) cowboys – er three cowboys and one cowgirl, from the Dry Creek location.  This was a outing sponsored by Sony and Johnson PhotoImaging (JPI) of Bradenton, FL.  We were there to see the sony cameras and lenses, and to get a chance to try them out in a real life setting (well a former tv set), to see how they performed.  I stayed with my existing equipment – sony A7R II and 24-240 lens. The only lens I might have tried was the 16-35. Though, thinking more on it now, I should have tried the rx100.  As it grew darker, we got to push the iso.  This was taken at ISO 2500, F5.6, 1/100 sec at 48 mm.

Thank you to Dono and Hector for all the toys and coordinating the setups.
Johnson PhotoImaging, 6709 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34203


Week 31 – # 29 Shot at 9:00 AM


The view of lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu crater inside the Kilauea cauldron.


The view of the Kilauea cauldron and you can see some of the Halemaʻumaʻu crater to the right.  In January, the lava lake rose high enough to over flow the edge of the crater.  I was just happy to see that it rose high enough so we could see some of the lava splattering.


Week 30 – #32 Signage

I went to a restaurant in Hawai’i called Tex.  They are famous for their malasadas. Oh my were they good, but that is another topic.  Inside this basically burger joint were these old signs.  I could not pass them up.







Week 29 – # 21 On the Water

Being in Hawai’i, I could post alot of things for this theme, but I am going with those kids surfing.  Sometimes they are on the water, sometimes above the water and sometimes in the water.  Just fun to





Week 28 – #25 Places of Worship



Valley of the Temples Memorial Park features a 1968 replica of the 11th-century Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple complex in Uji, Japan. Inside the main part of the temple is a 9 feet (2.7 m) Amida Buddha statue sitting on a gold lotus leaf.


Week 27 – #4 Architectural Details

4-architectural-details-1While walking down the main street next to Waikiki Beach, I looked up to see these balconies.

I loved the pattern and the shadows.



Week 26 – #37 Stop Action


North Shore in Hawaii and add a storm = Big Waves.  This is not anywhere as big as the Big Curls of the Bonzai Pipeline when they get the great waves.  These were ONLY 15 – 20 feet.  And what a better subject than surfers to demonstrate Stop Action.


These were taken with the Sony A7R II using a 24 – 240 lens, at F6.3, 1/500th, ISO 100 – at 240 mm.  Not too bad for a mirrorless camera and especially at the distance I was from the surfer.


Week 25 – #47 Waiting

Animals are a never ending source of photo opportunities.  My boy Hermes is no exception.  I cannot go into a bathroom, even if it is to clean it without a chaperone.  He has to make sure everything is on the up and up.  Yesterday was no exception.  Here he is inspecting the quality, consistency of the water flow and taste of the water from the bathroom sink.

Look Mom – there is stuff coming out of this silver thingy. 

Its still coming out. I am going to have to get closer to check this out.


Yes, it passes – the water softener is working ok – no smell.


I am going to have to make sure it is real. This means I am going to have to touch it.



Yes, it feels like water. 47-waiting-5

Well, I tasted it. It is not as good as the water from the refrigerator.  Hey mom – you got to clean these mirrors. Geez look at those water spots.


Photos taken with Samsung S6 phone.  I didn’t think to bring my camera with me to the bathroom. (lol)  Why this fit the theme of waiting?  Well, can you guess at how long I had to sit on the edge of the bathtub and let the water run in the sink as he sat there staring at it?  Good thing it is not a water shortage right now.


Week #24 – 28 Repeating Patterns


From my trip with the Valencia Lakes Girlfriend’s Fun Group to the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, FL last week, I am submitting the decoration in the front entrance for the repeating patterns theme.  The photo says it all with the beams in the ceiling, the poles to hold the curls and the brown wooden curls. I think this image covers the theme a couple of times.